Proviso Center News – December (Proviso, Ill.)

Date: December 8, 2010

Student Spotlight:  Sheniece Maddox

This month we are speaking with Proviso West freshman Sheniece Maddox.

OES: It is always interesting to learn what students thought about the program before enrolling. What were you expecting?
SM: I heard this was a place for really bad kids. I expected there would be more fights.

OES: Were these people who had been Ombudsman students?
SM: No. They were just people who thought they knew what they were talking about. They were all wrong.

OES: How long did take for you to realize that was not how things really were?
SM: About two days.

OES: You seem to have a great support system at home. Has this contributed to your success?
SM: Yes. My Mom and Grandmother are always telling me to work hard and do good. It helps.

OES: Attending school here is very different from being at West. What do you really like about the program?
SM: I really like the amount of help I can get when I need it. We all have to share the teachers, but we all get help.

OES: What else do you like?
SM: I like doing work on a computer better than doing work from a book. I like computers. I can go at my own pace. I feel like I get more done than in a regular class.

OES: What do you find difficult?
SM: Not using my cell phone.

OES: Everyone always has something they miss about the school they left. What do you miss?
SM: I have seven cousins at West. I used to see them in the hall when we changed classes or at lunch. Now I don’t see them so much.

OES: Do you have a favorite teacher at Ombudsman?
SM: Yes. Mrs. Lehrman.

OES: How has Mrs. “L.” helped you?
SM: I always understand my math better when Mrs. L explains it to me. She always seems to be right there when I need her.

OES: Finally, what would you tell a student who is coming to Ombudsman?
SM: I’d say it’s a good program. They really help you learn.


Welcome New Students
Edwin Cervantes
Scotty Carswell
Bryan Cruz
Tytianna. Howery
Jorge Vargas
Lashon Bumpers
Brandon Malone
Reading Plus Level Awards

Jaquan Lewis
Terrance Aaron
Lamont Pitts
Thadmon Lewis
Terrance Aaron
Ron Washington-Ali
Vontre Richardson
David Harris
Janae Simms

Federal Constitution Test
Thadmon Lewis

Perfect Attendance
Antonio Bell
Tevin Cherry
Scotty Carswell
Edwin Cervantes
Jesicka Hicks
Daviontae White
Lashon Bumpers
Bryan Cruz
Tytianna Howery
Jorge Vargas
90% + Attendance

Terrance Aaron
Quaeshawn Clark
Bryan Dordain
Darrius Ferguson
Demetrius Lamar
Jaquan Lewis
Thadmon Lewis
Shaquille Smith
Brandon Spruill
Montrel Walker
Jazmyn Young
Brandon Burris
Ashley Fester-Brown

Students to Hold Food Drive

OES Proviso students as part of a service learning project studying hunger, will be holding a food drive in the month of December. The donations will be forwarded to The Greater Chicagoland Food Depository for distribution.

According to a study commissioned by the group, some startling statistics come to light:

  • 45% of children missed their main meal in their last 24 hours.
  • 54% of children were food insecure.
  • Nearly 1 in 6 children were food insecure with hunger, meaning that they report multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.

We invite the families of our students to join us in helping other families in Cook County have a happy holiday.

By donating to a food drive you are helping the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository meet its mission of providing food to hungry people while striving to end hunger in the community. In Cook County, 678,000 men, women and children rely on food provided by the Food Depository.

Most-needed items include:  Whole grain cereal, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, mac & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, beans, canned meat, stew, soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, shelf-stable milk.

Donations will be accepted until December 10th. Our goal is to collect seven boxes. (20”x14”x10”)

Senior Spotlight:  Brandon Spruill

We’re speaking with Brandon Spruill, a senior from Proviso West.

OES: Brandon, when did you first come to Ombudsman?
BS: It was the fall of 2008.

OES: Why were you referred to us?
BS: I was behind in my credits. I wasn’t focused on my work. Mrs. Wallace knew I had the ability and thought this would be a good place for me.

OES: Has your ability to focus improved?
BS: Yes. There aren’t the distractions I had at West. It’s easy to focus on the work.

OES: Did you have any difficulty adapting to working on the computer?
BS: No. It let me move at my own pace.

OES: We always like to ask students what their favorite part of the program is. What do you like the best?
BS: Getting help when I need it. The teachers help when you ask. I focus better here too. I get work done.

OES: Prior to the 2009 -2010 school year, was there any discussion about you returning to West
BS: None. I’d done very well my first year. It made sense for me to come back

OES: There have been a number of different staff members since you have been with us. Do you have any favorites?
BS: Mr. G. (Gosselink). He is good with math. And Mrs.S. (Soballe, former staff member). She was good in English. Mrs. L (Lehrman) is good with math too. All the teachers help.

OES: What does your mother think about the program?
BS: She loves it too. Before I came here, there was a lot of stress and conflict at home. It’s so much better now.

OES: You won the Presidential Academic Excellence Award the last two years. Had you ever won an academic award before?
BS: No. Never.

OES: How did winning those awards make you feel?
BS: Proud. It was a great feeling.

OES: What’s next for you?
BS: I’m going to enroll at Triton College and take some basic courses. I not sure what I’ll do after that.

Ombudsman provides an opportunity for all students, regardless of referral reason, including students who may have had significant academic, attendance or behavioral issues in the past. With Ombudsman’s approach to education and student motivation, students who have previously been unsuccessful, experience success and report confidence for the first time.

Our students may have been labeled ‘at risk’ but they are actually risk takers. At Ombudsman it is our job to help students take risks and change previous patterns of behavior and make positive choices.

“Although quality may be a hard concept to define, most of us recognize it when we see it. (Glasser, The Quality School 1990)”


December –
17 End of first semester
20 Winter Break
January –

6  2nd semester begins
17 MLK Jr. Birthday – no school

February –
21 President’s Day – no school

March –
7 Pulaski Day – no school
18 End of 3rd Quarter
28  Spring break

April –
4   Sessions resume
7   P/T conferences
22  Non-attendance day
27-28 all school testing
May –

22   E/W graduation
25   27 Final exams
30   Memorial Day- no school
31   Final Exams

June –
1   Final Exams
Last day of school


Our Proviso Center is located in Hillside, Ill.

Proviso Center
4413 West Roosevelt Rd., Ste. 101B
Hillside, IL 60162
P (708) 236-5115
F (708) 236-5108

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